A local shop that sells artist-made items, asked if I'd bring those two leaf encaustic pieces down to sell on consignment, so I made a couple more: the ash piece is 8x8, the maple is 6x6.
The third piece is also 6x6; I used a photo of a sidewalk as the background, adhered some leaves from my mother's day flowers, pushed some metal nuts (as in nuts & bolts) into the wax and painted oil paint in the shapes they left ... that has possibilities, I think.
Ever since a trip to western Montana in May, 2009, my artwork has had photography as its base. At first, I made several digitally altered variations of my photos (giving the images a painterly, sketchy or scratched look) and tore or cut the prints into rectangles to layer up imagery. Then one day I had the idea of running my prints through a paper shredder and building up the scene in those narrow strips of paper. I now cut the strips by hand, allowing me to vary the width and to keep the imagery organized. Sometimes I add in pieces of handmade papers, topographical maps, or fragments from old ledger books to further abstract the scene. I’m moving from a photographic documentation of a place at a particular time, to an impression of a place that is timeless ... more of a memory or a feeling of the space.
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